Redfern local wins charity’s volunteer of the year award
Julian Llewelyn from Redfern, Sydney, has won Camp Quality’s “Gillard Volunteer Award” for his tireless work helping to create a better life for kids living with cancer in NSW, coinciding with National Volunteer Week (11 – 17 May).
Julian, 47, has volunteered with Camp Quality for five years and is now a Camp Leader, where he plans specialised activities and coordinates other volunteers at Camp Quality’s resilience-building camps for children living with cancer and their families across the state.
Tegan Davies, Camp Quality’s Volunteer Advisor, said: “Julian is the first to get involved to put a smile on these kids’ faces, no matter how silly the request. He recently led a flashmob of volunteers, for example. These sorts of things ensure cancer is the last thing on our kids’ minds. We’re delighted to honour him in this way.”
Julian Llewelyn: “What keeps me coming back? Hearing the uncontrollable laughter, witnessing the genuine support and encouragement that the kids have with each other. It can't be imitated, it's from the heart and is truly infectious.”
The Gillard Volunteer Award, named after one of Camp Quality’s longest standing board members, is given out annually to one person per state who has gone the extra mile for children living with cancer. The charity has over 2,500 volunteers nationwide, so competition is tough. Together those volunteers donated approximately 300,000 hours to Camp Quality in the past year. The charity has just over one hundred staff so volunteers help it to save considerably on costs, as they outnumber staff members by 23:1. This means every donated dollar goes right back to where it’s needed the most: to the kids.